Black Voters Matter announced today its partnership with Pop Culture Collaborative, parent company of the Marvel Franchise, to host various Get Out the Vote (GOTV) activations throughout the state of Georgia in an effort to increase voter participation ahead of the runoff election on December 6. The goal of this campaign entitled, “Wakanda Votes Forever” is to energize and activate voters across the state and to raise awareness about the issues impacting local Black communities, while building community power through Black love and joy.
The highly anticipated second installment of the Black Panther franchise has fans flocking to theaters to get a glimpse of Black power and excellence in action. BVM will host private movie screenings of Wakanda Forever beginning Saturday, November 19 in the following Georgia cities: Albany, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Decatur, Fayetteville, Macon, Savannah, and Valdosta.
Georgians are at a critical moment in time, where the Senate race between Senator Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker has advanced, and voters will determine not only who controls the senate, but ultimately the protections that communities of color have in this country. Black Voters Matter hopes to increase power in Black communities through effective participation in the democratic process that allows Black community members to determine their destiny.
“The people in Georgia matter. The blue wall may have held back the red wave, but the full-fledged attack on democracy is not over. Despite record turnout, voter suppression still impacted elections in the state,” said LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter. “The stakes are extremely high for this race because Georgians need a champion for voting rights. The results of this race will affect Georgia and beyond.”
“We believe our power building efforts must include Black love and Black culture. Our free movie screenings of Marvel’s Wakanda Forever will enable attendees to help us spread the word about the upcoming runoff election” said Cliff Albright, co-founder of Black Voters Matter.
The events will run through election day and include canvassing, African drummers and dance troupes, free BVM merchandise, and guest concessions. Free tickets will be given away through local radio stations across the state and to volunteers who have assisted in recent GOTV outreach efforts. Participants are asked to join BVM’s grassroots efforts to help increase voter turnout by engaging family and friends to get out and vote.